The Cherokee Nation, the federally recognized government of the Cherokee people, has retained Washington, D.C.-based legal and lobbying firm Venable LLP to assist with Indian and Native American affairs issues on Capitol Hill.


The Tahlequah, Okla.-headquartered tribe, the largest of three Cherokee tribes recognized by the U.S. government, has retained Venable for assistance on general tribal and Indian matters, as well as tribal sovereignty and land-into-trust issues, according to lobbying registration documents filed with Congress in December.

Venable partner David Mullon ​manages the account. A Cherokee Nation citizen, Mullon formerly served as chief counsel to the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs as well as chief counsel to the National Congress of American Indians, the nonprofit representing the interests of Native American and Alaska Native tribal governments and communities.

Mullon also previously served as the Cherokee Nation’s first in-house attorney.